USA Volleyball Hosting 33rd FIVB World Congress

By Bill Kauffman | Sept. 16, 2012, 2:55 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2012) – USA Volleyball will be hosting delegates from nearly 220 National Federations taking part in the 33rd FIVB World Congress Sept. 19-21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. The World Congress is the supreme governing body of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

With FIVB President Jizhong Wei set to stand down after four years, the 33rd Congress will usher in a new era for the governing body of international volleyball with the fourth FIVB president set to be elected as the top agenda item for the three-day event. USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal, who is also a member of the FIVB Board of Administration, is one of three candidates for president along with Brazil’s Dr. Ary Graça and Australia’s Chris Schacht.

Preceding the 33rd FIVB World Congress will be a one-day seminar for emerging National Federations on Tuesday where the FIVB Technical and Development Department will conduct a seminar. This seminar will provide best practices for growth and activities to further expand the sport of volleyball and illustrations of how sport can help communities.

The presidential election is expected to be one of the final items on Friday’s Congress agenda. An election will also take place for two minor gender representatives to the FIVB Board of Administration.

Dr. Graça is an FIVB Executive Vice-President, president of the South America Volleyball Confederation and the president of the Brazil Volleyball Federation. Schacht is the president of the Australia Volleyball Federation. Previous FIVB presidents include Mr. Paul Libaud (France) from 1947 to 1984 and Dr. Ruben Acosta (Mexico) from 1984 to 2008. Wei, the current FIVB president, assumed his role in 2008.

The first FIVB Congress took place in Paris, France in 1947 when Libaud was elected as the FIVB’s first president.

Other key items on the agenda include modifications to the FIVB Constitution, a review of all the FIVB’s accounts and finances - including external and internal audit reports - approval of the 2013 to 2015 budget, as well as presentations from each of the organizers of future FIVB events such as the age-group FIVB Volleyball World Championships in 2013, next year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland and the 2015 edition in the Netherlands, as well as the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships for men in Poland and for women in Italy.

Both the Congress and Seminar will be streamed live on the FIVB website at the following link: